We remind Scouters of all ages that a leading cause of illness & hospitalization among Scouts and leaders is heat illness. Heat illness can be avoided through adequate water intake, appropriate activities for the temperature, and recognition of heat illness symptoms.

This summer, our Safety Corner will focus on avoiding heat illness.

Water is essential for nearly every bodily function, including brain activity and temperature control. We lose moisture through breathing, sweating, digestion, and urination. A person who gives off more water than he or she takes in risks becoming dehydrated. The first sign of dehydration usually is dark urine. Other signs can include weariness, headache and body aches, and confusion.

Dehydration can play a significant role in a numbr of maladies including heat exhaustion, heatstroke, hy0pothermia and frostbite.

Help keep your body in balance by eating enough throughout the day. The importance of drinking plenty of fluids cannot be overemphasized. Don't wait until you feel thirsty—that's an indication that you are already becoming a bit dehydrated. Replenish your water supplies at every opportunity and drink often in warm weather and cold alike.